Authorities say Shehadeah was selling drugs out of Asmar Convenience Store

The owner of a Harlowe convenience store faces multiple drug charges after Carteret County authorities raided it on Friday afternoon.

Tawfiq Shehadeah, 52, of 5504 Yates Garden Lane, Raleigh, was arrested Friday after the Carteret County Drug Task Force and N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement executed a search warrant at the Asmar Convenience Store, formerly known as Nadine’s Food Mart, at 4525 N.C. 101, according to a release from the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.

Though the store has a Havelock street address, it is located just across the county line in Carteret County near Adams Creek Road.

Detectives seized 33.5 grams of crack cocaine, marijuana, counterfeit controlled substances and drug paraphernalia that were being sold from the business, according to the release.

“When we talk about drug dealers in our county, it’s common to think about individuals selling drugs out of their homes, but here we are standing in the parking lot of a business where the owner is engaged in illegal drug sales,” Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck said in a statement. “If you go into a store in Carteret County and they are selling what appears to be drug paraphernalia, I’d suggest not doing business with that store anymore.”

Shehadeah was charged with three counts of felony trafficking in cocaine, and one count each for maintaining a place for selling a controlled substance, felony possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, felony manufacturing of marijuana, possession of controlled substances on a licensed premises, criminal use of counterfeit controlled substance by offering for retail sale herbal Viagra, possession of glass tubes for retail sale without complying with the N.C. general statue and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the release.

He was placed in the Carteret County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond and was due in court Monday on the charges.